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Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR)

The Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) suite is being developed to fulfill Integrated Air and Missile Defense requirements for multiple ship classes. This suite consists of an S-Band radar (AMDR-S), an X-band radar and a Radar Suite Controller (RSC). AMDR will provide multi-mission capabilities, simultaneously supporting long range, exoatmospheric detection, tracking and discrimination of ballistic missiles, as well as Area and Self Defense against air and surface threats. For the Ballistic Missile Defense capability, increased radar sensitivity and bandwidth over current radar systems are needed to detect, track and support engagements of advanced ballistic missile threats at the required ranges, concurrent with area and self-defense against air and surface threats. For the area air defense and self-defense capability, increased sensitivity and clutter capability is needed to detect, react to and engage stressing Very Low Observable/Very Low Flyer (VLO/VLF) threats in the presence of heavy land, sea and rain clutter. This effort provides for the development of an active phased array radar with the required capabilities to address the evolving threat.
* The AMDR suite will include:

- AMDR-S: radar providing sensitivity for long range detection and engagement of advanced threats.

- X-Band Radar: radar providing horizon search based on existing technology.

- Radar Suite Controller (RSC): providing (S and X) band radar resource management, coordination and interface to combat system.

* The AMDR system must be capable of operating in different environments and mission regimes against a wide variety of potential targets and profiles. A scalable radar design with improvements in power, sensitivity, and resistance to natural and man-made environments over current radar systems is needed for multi-mission capabilities.

* Modularity of hardware and software, designed in growth path for technology insertion, and Open Architecture (OA) Compliance are required for performance and technology enhancements throughout the radar 's service life.

In June 2009, after full and open competition, the program awarded three AMDR-S/RSC concept study contracts to Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman. Each of the three contractors developed concepts for AMDR showing the major subsystems and expected features of the AMDR Suite. The Concept Studies phase concluded December 2009. In September 2010, three Technology Development (TD) contracts were awarded to refine each contractor's design concepts developed during the Concept Studies phase and to also mature key technologies. The program completed TD contracts in September 2012 and released a Request for Proposals for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (E&MD) Phase in June 2012. Offeror proposals were received in July 2012 and the program office conducted an exhaustive and comprehensive review of proposals. AMDR successfully completed Milestone B in Sep 2013 and was authorized for entry into the E&MD Phase and designated an ACAT ID program in the Acquisition Decision Memorandum, dated October 4, 2013. The E&MD contract was awarded to Raytheon in October 2013.

Major milestones completed: Hardware delta PDR (21 May 14), delta system PDR (27 Aug 14), Hardware CDR (3 Dec 2014); System CDR (29 Apr 2015); DT-2 TRR (9 Jun 2015); DT-3 TRR (12 Jul 2016)

The AMDR program successfully completed Near Field Range (NFR) testing of the AN/SPY-6 radar on 29 May 16, just thirteen months after completion of its System Critical Design Review (CDR). Eight days after completing the NFR testing in Sudbury, Massachusetts, the single face radar was delivered to the Advanced Radar Development Evaluation Laboratory (ARDEL) at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii, for the next phase of testing.
Point Of Contact
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Naval Sea Systems Command
Washington, D.C. 20376
General Characteristics
Platforms: Although AMDR will be scalable to support multiple ship classes, the DDG 51 Flt. III is the current platform.
Last Update: 17 January 2017